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China puede usar las tierras raras como un arma en la guerra comercial con EUA

05/30/2019
Graphic News

May 29, 2019 -- China está indicando que puede usar la exportación de tierras raras como apalancamiento en la guerra comercial con EUA, cuando se intensifican las tensiones entre las dos potencias.

Rare earths, a group of 17 metals with a variety of high-tech applications, used in magnets, instrument displays and other strategic applications, are the one raw material where China dominates global supply.

Chinese mines account for around 70% of global output.

Around 80% of the rare earths imported by the U.S. comes from China, according to US government data.

The official newspaper of the ruling Communist Party, People's Daily, said in an editorial Wednesday that the U.S. is a major buyer of China's rare earth materials and is "highly dependent" on such resources.

Columns from the official Xinhua News Agency and the Global Times newspaper also pointed to China's rich supply of rare earths.

Last year, the US Geological Survey designated these minerals critical to the economy and national defence.


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